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Security Assistance Monitor (SAM) is a leading source for data and analysis on U.S. military and police aid, training, and arms sales. Our interactive databases and staff are regularly sought after for the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on U.S. security assistance around the world and for our insights on related trends and policies in U.S. military aid and arms sales. 

What Can You Learn on SAM's Database                             

SAM's four online databases allow media professionals to answer a range of questions: Who are the countries and areas that receive the most U.S. military and economic aid? How have U.S.-security relationships changed over the years with these countries? Is the United States providing the right type of U.S. military aid to meet its objectives? How is the United States implementing its export control laws and policies? Below, please see "How You Can Track U.S. Military and Police Aid: A Guide for Media Professionals" for detailed information on how to use our military aid database





          SAM: Who We Are/What We Do                                  

  • Security Assistance Monitor is a program of the Center for International Policy, in collaboration with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Project on Middle East Democracy and Washington Office on Latin America.
  • We track and analyze U.S. security sector assistance programs worldwide. By informing policymakers, media, scholars, NGOs and the public (in the United States and abroad) about trends and issues related to U.S. foreign security assistance, we seek to enhance transparency and promote greater oversight of U.S. military and police aid, arms sales and training.
  • Our interactive database compiles all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present. Collected from a wide range of government documents, the database provides detailed numbers on U.S. arms sales, military and police aid and training programs (see our methodology here). Users can search these numbers by country, region, program and assistance type. Video tutorials and a frequently asked questions section show users how to find the numbers and information they need. Our programs pages provide descriptions of all U.S. security assistance programs. 
  • While our database is global, our research and analysis provide more in-depth insight on U.S. security policy in Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East, which can be found in our blogfact sheets and publications. We also organize roundtables and briefings to promote a more nuanced understanding and encourage debate about key U.S. foreign security assistance issues.


  • In our extensive resource database of news, policy statements, legislation and events, users can find what lawmakers and experts are saying about U.S. global security policy, stay current with public events, hearings, official travel and reporting deadlines, and read all relevant security news for each of our focus regions.


                                                           Publications and Statements



Defense Bill Breakdown: Key Military Aid Issues in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act


SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 seeks to make numerous changes to existing Department of Defense security assistance policy and authorities. This infographic attempts to show you the important differences between the House and Senate versions. Portions of the NDAA seek to improve accountability and transparency by requiring more detailed annual reports on security assistance initiatives. The Senate version of the NDAA, in particular, attempts to streamline security assistance authorities by combining several existing authorities into one "Counter Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Fund," and enacting a new chapter of U.S. Code to address Department of Defense security assistance programs.



U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 

Since taking office in January 2009, the Obama administration has offered over $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in 42 separate deals, more than any U.S. administration in the history of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. The majority of this equipment is still in the pipeline, and could tie the United States to the Saudi military for years to come.



U.S. Security Cooperation with GCC Countries


APRIL 19, 2016

Security Assistance Monitor has created a fact sheet that highlights the incredible support the U.S. government has provided the Gulf Cooperation Council countries through its arms sales programs over the last half a dozen years.



How You Can Track U.S. Military and Police Aid: A Guide for Media Professionals


MARCH 9, 2016

Security Assistance Monitor has created a tip sheet for media professionals seeking to use our database and analysis for articles and stories. This sheet explains how to effectively search for information, and provides examples of questions that can be answered on our site.



Just the Facts: U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia


MARCH 8, 2016

Security Assistance Monitor launched its newsletter intended for investigative journalists, focusing on the sales of U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia. 



U.S.-Tunisia Security Cooperation Escalates to Nearly $100 Million


MAY 15, 2014 

As President Obama prepares to discuss current U.S.-Tunisia security cooperation to combat extremism on Thursday with President Benji Caid Essebsi at the White House, Obama will surely highlight his proposed increased U.S. military aid to Tunisia. For FY 2016, the U.S. plans to allocate $99 million in security assistance to Tunisia, which is a three-fold increase over FY 2014.  



Center for National Policy Announces the New Security Assitance Monitor Program


OCTOBER 20, 2016

The Center for International Policy launched Security Assistance Monitor, a new program and web-resource that will track U.S. military and police assistance and arms sales with a focus on Africa, Central Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Media Contact

For media inquiries, please contact:

Seth Binder

Program Manager


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